President To Claim Success In Ending Iraq War

08.02.10 | FL News Team

(Washington, DC)  --  In a major speech today, President Obama will say his administration is on track to end the Iraq war.  Mr. Obama will frame it as fulfilling a campaign pledge to end the long U.S. military involvement in Iraq.

U.S. combat operations in Iraq are set to end by August 31st.  A so-called "transitional force" will remain in Iraq to help with the ongoing training of Iraqi security forces and to assist in counterterrorism efforts.  Mr. Obama aims to have all U.S. troops out of Iraq by the end of next year.

As the Iraq war winds down, the president has boosted the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan.  He wants to start withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan by next summer.  In a speech to the Disabled American Veterans convention in Atlanta, Georgia, the President will also underscore a national commitment to veterans.